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100 pairs of pants rip at Chinese military event

A military reserve training event in China was marked by the simultaneous failure of more than 100 pairs of pants when reservists were ordered to sit down.

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Ben Hooper
A Chinese Army soldier in uniform. (CC/玄史生)
A Chinese Army soldier in uniform. (CC/玄史生)

WUHAN, China, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A Chinese military reserve training session was interrupted when the reservists were told to sit down and more than 100 pairs of pants ripped simultaneously.

Chinese media reports indicate about 4,500 reservists were participating in the training session Sept. 8 at a university in Hubei province and the group was instructed to sit in unison, leading more than 100 reservists to tear their pants in unison.

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The tearing was accompanied by an audible ripping sound, witnesses said.

The pants, standard issue camouflage for the Chinese military, cost about $15 each, considered a high price for pants in China. The incident has been raising questions in Chinese media about the country's military's combat-readiness if their pants are prone to failure.

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